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The Third Commandment

Feb 16, 2020
The Ten Commandments
Matthew 12:1-14
Pastor Bill Helland


We continue our series on the Ten Commandments, this time hearing from Pastor Bill Helland as we look at what it means to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Press the play button above to listen to the message and view the sermon preview notes below.

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I'm honored that Pastor Kirk asked me to speak in his absence today and especially to have a part in his sermon series on the Ten Commandments!

When I was a boy, growing up in West Central Minnesota, few (if any) stores were open on Sunday. Most everyone had the day off it seemed. On our small farm we did our necessary daily chores on Sunday, but putting up hay on a perfect, sunny “Lord’s Day” was out of the question! (even if rain was forecast for Monday)

How times have changed. Many people have to work on Sundays now; myself included as I work every third Sunday at Sanford Hospital. Farmers, who would rather be in church on Sunday, feel torn between that and field work when dry weather seems to be a rare occurrence in recent years. So how do we understand and apply the Third Commandment when some of us have
jobs that need us to miss worship and do anything but rest on the Sabbath?

We will attempt to answer that this morning with the help of the “Lord of the Sabbath” (as Jesus described himself in Matthew 12:8). May the Holy Spirit convict us as needed, but also comfort, encourage, and give us wisdom to live out this commandment as a “Thank you” to Jesus for dying and rising again to assure us that all our sins are in fact forgiven!

Pastor Bill Helland

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